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Thursday, July 30, 2020


County superintendent issues statement on OC Board of Ed’s decision to sue governor
Orange County Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the OC Board of Education’s July 28 announcement of a planned lawsuit against California’s governor and public health officer:


Dispute between LAUSD and teachers over online learning keeps parents in limbo
With the Aug. 18 start of the school year fast approaching, parents and students face uncertainty over how online instruction will be conducted as the Los Angeles teachers union and district officials haggle over the rules and schedules for distance learning.


What Does Orange County’s Board of Education Really Do?
With a recent lawsuit against the state and national headlines over a back to school recommendation, Orange County’s Board of Education has really made waves for a panel that doesn’t actually hold much real authority. While the board’s decisions have triggered a massive debate in Orange County around the issue of returning to school, few people realize that the board holds very few powers.  The only powers allocated to the county Board of Education, according to the California Education code, is a final approval on the department of education’s budget and purchasing property.  In Orange County, they also serve as an appeals committee for inter-district transfers, expulsions and charter school applications.


JSerra Students Educating Others on Dangers of Vaping
Rising junior students at JSerra Catholic High School are educating other youngsters on the harmful effects of vaping through their project called “EduVape.” Dillon Kim, Brayden Daly, and Arav Patel will be holding a virtual assembly in August with young people in Anaheim, and they have participated in other digital talks about the health consequences of vaping. The three friends originally planned to hold in-person assemblies but had to change plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Teachers, parents make demands on LAUSD distance-learning guidelines
With the start of school just three weeks away, Los Angeles Unified School District is facing mounting pressure from teachers and parents this week over distance learning guidelines that still haven’t been agreed on. On one side, the union representing teachers put out a statement Tuesday, July 28, saying the district was pushing an “unacceptable position” that members be required to teach virtually from classrooms. They say even returning to empty campuses would be a health risk.


San Francisco to float its school district a $15 million lifeline
Mayor London Breed is including a $15 million financial lifeline for the San Francisco Unified School District in her upcoming budget proposal, money intended to help prevent layoffs and other cuts in the face of a $22 million budget shortfall largely attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.


Should I send my child back to school? This is the latest science on coronavirus and kids
We are a few weeks away from back-to-school season, and debate around school reopening is intensifying. Meanwhile, the science around children and COVID-19 is still evolving. One thing is clear: the decision-making process will be unique for each district, school, and family. Here, we answer some of the most pressing questions:


How distance learning will work for Fresno’s Central schools. ‘It must be different’
Students in Fresno’s Central Unified schools should expect online learning to look a lot different than it did in the spring when the coronavirus abruptly forced campuses to close. The fall semester begins Aug. 12, and teachers are preparing for a new world of distance learning. While teachers may not be excited about only seeing students online, they pledged to make it work.


Quick Guide: The California teacher workforce
As a result of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s guidance for school openings this fall, most teachers in California this will start out the year in a highly unusual way: offering instruction to their students through distance learning. But who are California’s teachers? How do they become teachers? Who awards them their credentials? To answer these and other questions we have prepared the following “quick guide.”

Oakland Unified to reform online makeup courses after harsh grand jury report
Oakland Unified is working to reform an online program designed to help failing students following a scathing civil grand jury report last month that accused the district of awarding some students unearned grades and allowing unqualified students to graduate at one of its high schools.


Schools scramble to teach teachers how to educate virtually
School systems across the state at every level have either created their own training for teachers or paid someone else to do it. They hope it makes this fall’s distance learning more effective than the spring’s.*ksd9zl*_ga*OTk4NjExMDQ3LjE1ODIzMDA5MzI.


Some California schools want waivers to reopen despite virus
Fairmont Schools has been preparing for weeks to welcome back students to its five campuses in Southern California’s Orange County and never stopped even though Gov. Gavin Newsom has said classroom instruction won’t be possible in most places. The private school with about 2,000 students is hoping to obtain a waiver allowing for classroom instruction but like others interested in providing in-person education they still are waiting on the state to provide details on the requirements.

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